The island of Maui took a pounding last week with Dustin Johnson’s demolition of the Plantation Course at Kapalau, so the tour heads to the main island of Oahu and Waialae Country Club for the Sony Open. First, a quick look at back at last week. Pat Perez dropped a T4 and solid week from our cash lineup article while Russell Henley, Kevin Chappell, and Kevin Kisner fell in the same group of playing decent, but not making any noise. Their salaries allowed for some bigger names so hopefully you able to fit in a Hideki or a Rahm and won you some money. As the field expands to the first full-sized event of the season, cash games start to make sense for folks. Feel free to check out @DFSGolfGods’s article for a preview of what we’re looking at this week in terms of the course setup and a first look at salaries. For now, we’re going to look at cash options that you should be looking at for the Sony:
Jason Dufner, $7300 – Gimme. This is an absolute no-brainer. He’s going to be highly owned so the only reason you don’t use Dufner is to be contrarian. A missed cut last year might scare people off Dufner, but last week showed he can putt again, gaining almost five strokes while gaining strokes with his approach. He fell off the map last year after his win at the Memorial, but DufDaddy at 7300 is a bargain in every fashion.
Stewart Cink, $6800 – Another name of a guy who played well in 2017 and also made his last four cuts at the Sony. Sure, he doesn’t have the greatest track record here, but his stats are hard to deny. His last 12 rounds, he ranks first in SG-Approach and third in proximity from 175-200 yards; both areas to attack this week as birdies are needed. His low price lets you jump in the 9ks for another guy to put into your cash lineup.
Chez Reavie, $8000 – After making his straight cut at the Sony, Chez finished eighth last year and carried momentum through-out the year, getting to the BMW Championship in the FedEx Playoffs. He has made his last 16 cuts dating back to an MC at the Byron Nelson and has continued to improve his putting. He ranks ninth in proximity from 175-200 yards in his last 12 rounds on Bermuda and is fifth in SG-Off the Tee in his last 12 rounds at Waialae CC.
Jimmy Walker, $7200 – Does anyone remember when the Sony was Jimmy Walker chalk week? He won this tournament back-to-back in ’14 and ’15, placed 13th in 2016 and then had unexplainable MC in 2017. It was clear he wasn’t healthy last year with his well-documented Lyme Disease problem and has been on record saying he’s feeling better. This is a prime spot for him to rebound. Sure, his recent form doesn’t look great, but it’s hard to deny a multi-time winner that has won a major in the past a chance at $7200.